Dutchess Views Through Artists’ Eyes

Special thanks for advice and contributions from Rob Doyle of AAR Auctions and those of the community of the Facebook Group Hudson River Valley Art and History. This is an informal "bulletin board" of primarily 19th century Dutchess County views. Below are either images or links to information depending on copyright and permissions. Your contributions welcome! Although these paintings and engravings are, for the most part, not from DCHS Collections, we hope to be able to make connections to our collections to bring a fuller understanding of the artist's work.

Poughkeepsie Iron Works by Carmiencke ~ 1856

Below right: Johann Hermann Carmiencke, Poughkeepsie Iron Works (Bech’s Furnace), 1856. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery. Below left, top to bottom: The Iron Works were located just below where the Mid-Hudson Bridge is located today. 1859 Gillette map, and Google Maps, below. Likely view south from Wheaton Park. Photograph, view from south, looking north at Iron Works (DCHS Collections).

View from Hyde Park by Carmiencke ~ 1859

Johann Hermann Carmiencke, Landscape, Hyde Park, NY. 1859. Oil on canvas. Brooklyn Museum.

Near Fishkill after William Guy Wall ~ 1821 to 1825

The Hudson River Portfolio published by Henry J. Megarey 1821 to 1825, contains 20 views along the over 200 miles of the Hudson River between New York City and its source in the Adirondacks. Based on sketches of Irish-born William Guy Wall in the summer of 1820. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Looking East from River's West Bank

Right: 1825, Western View of Poughkeepsie. By C. Bartlett. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library.

Right: Hover over image for further views.

Hand colored. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

1825
College Hill Vassar Brewery

College Hill

Vassar Brewery

The money made by Matthew Vassar through his Brewery he left for the founding of Vassar College.

Right: 1852, View of Poughkeepsie. By B. Hess. Modified from the original for amplification of detail.  Library of Congress.

Right: 1852, Poughkeepsie from the opposite side of the Hudson River. By Edwin Whitefield. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library. Below: click on full view icon (box/arrow) for best viewing.

Right: View of Poughkeepsie in 1840, mural study for Poughkeepsie Post Office, 1940. By Georgina Klitgaard. Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Dover Plains by Durand ~ 1848

Left: Asher B. Durand, Dover Plains, Dutchess County, New York, 1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Below: James Smillie was a resident of Poughkeepsie. He created this engraving copying Durand’s Dover Plains. Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University.

Poughkeepsie Iron Works by Carmiencke ~ 1856

Below right: Johann Hermann Carmiencke, Poughkeepsie Iron Works (Bech’s Furnace), 1856. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery. Below left, top to bottom: The Iron Works were located just below where the Mid-Hudson Bridge is located today. 1859 Gillette map, and Google Maps, below. Likely view south from Wheaton Park. Photograph, view from south, looking north at Iron Works (DCHS Collections).

Poughkeepsie Waterfront Looking East from River's West Bank

Right: 1825, Western View of Poughkeepsie. By C. Bartlett. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library.

Right: Hover over image for further views.

Hand colored. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

1825
College Hill Vassar Brewery

College Hill

Vassar Brewery

The money made by Matthew Vassar through his Brewery he left for the founding of Vassar College.

Right: 1852, View of Poughkeepsie. By B. Hess. Modified from the original for amplification of detail.  Library of Congress.

Right: 1852, Poughkeepsie from the opposite side of the Hudson River. By Edwin Whitefield. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library. Below: click on full view icon (box/arrow) for best viewing.

Right: View of Poughkeepsie in 1840, mural study for Poughkeepsie Post Office, 1940. By Georgina Klitgaard. Smithsonian American Art Museum.